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  • IRS Defends Giving Refunds to Illegal Immigrants (Tax Laws are for Congress, not the Dictator)

    03/03/2015 9:20:58 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    fox news ^ | 3/3/2015 | Greta Van Susteren
    In a letter to Congress, IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the decision to allow illegal immigrants to get refunds from the agency. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) went “On The Record” tonight to explain that illegal immigrants who get a social security number can go back and apply for a refund through the earned income tax credit. He said this is due to President Barack Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration, calling it unconstitutional and unfair. “It’s unfair to taxpayers that noncitizen illegals are gonna get this bonus that
  • Obama Believes He Alone Is The Law In America

    03/02/2015 8:58:13 AM PST · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    IBD ^ | 3/2/2015 | staff
    Rule Of Law: First, the president issues unlawful executive orders giving illegal immigrants amnesty. Then, he dares an equal branch of government to vote on his orders' legality so he can veto it. Is he establishing a monarchy? While speaking at a town hall meeting Wednesday night at Florida International University, President Obama clearly indicated that he believes he is the final authority on law in this country. He will not tolerate dissent. "If Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I'm doing is...
  • AMNESTY BENEFICIARIES COULD CLAIM MORE THAN $35K IN TAX BENEFITS IN FIRST YEAR

    02/26/2015 7:00:45 AM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/25/2015 | Caoline May
    Illegal immigrants who are able to obtain Social Security Numbers and work permits as a result of President Obama’s executive amnesty could claim tens of thousands of dollars in back tax benefits, a new Congressional Research Service memo obtained first by Breitbart News reveals. The report comes following the Internal Revenue Service’s confirmation that once illegal immigrants are granted Social Security Numbers — as a result of Obama’s executive actions — they will be able to file back tax returns and obtain up to four years of tax benefits, including the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax...
  • Obama’s Own Prayer Breakfast Words Echoed By ISIS In Gruesome Christian Beheadings Video

    02/20/2015 4:50:54 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 2/20/2015 | NORVELL ROSE
    Within hours of the release of a horrific ISIS video showing the gruesome beheading of 21 Coptic Christians, Egypt launched retaliatory airstrikes against Islamic State targets in neighboring Libya where the mass murders apparently occurred. The bombings of ISIS training camps and weapons storage facilities, according to a report on Inquisitr, were Egypt’s first official foreign military action in some 24 years. The ISIS video graphically showing the beheadings of the helpless Christian captives has reportedly been confirmed as authentic by the Coptic Church. In that unspeakably horrible video, an ISIS spokesman with a “North American English accent” echoed what...
  • Newsmax Pledged $1 Million to Clinton Foundation (SMH!)

    02/18/2015 6:00:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 67 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 2/18/2015 | DANIEL HALPER
    Conservative website Newsmax has pledged a very large donation to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation, a new report in the Wall Street Journal states. "Newsmax, a conservative news organization, last year pledged $1 million to the Clinton Foundation over a five-year period, according to a spokesman for Chris Ruddy, the organization’s CEO. Mr. Ruddy has been friends with the Clintons since 2007," reports the Journal. "Through a spokesman, he said the donation wasn't tantamount to an endorsement of Mrs. Clinton’s potential campaign, though he thinks she would 'make a great presidential candidate.'" Ruddy himself has even written a...
  • RUBIO RETREATS: ‘WE CAN’T LET HOMELAND SECURITY SHUT DOWN’ OVER EXEC AMNESTY (RINO ALERT!)

    02/18/2015 4:11:05 PM PST · by tobyhill · 84 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/18/2015 | TONY LEE
    Days after a federal judge issued an injunction against President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) urged Senate Republicans to abandon their defunding efforts and pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill. “We have to fund Homeland Security,” Rubio reportedly said on Wednesday, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.” He reportedly “noted that Obama has threatened to veto any bill that would reverse his executive actions on immigration, including the measure to pay for Homeland Security” and “the Senate doesn’t have enough votes to pass the bill that ties the two...
  • Obama Administration Unlikely to Seek Emergency Stay on Immigration Ruling (BS!)

    02/18/2015 11:37:02 AM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/18/2015 | JONATHAN KARL, SERENA MARSHALL and ARLETTE SAENZ
    While President Obama has made it clear his administration will appeal District Court Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling blocking his executive action on immigration, the president’s immigration plan will likely be on hold for months or longer. Though no final decision has been made, Obama administration sources told ABC News today that the Department of Justice is unlikely to seek an emergency stay to block the judge’s order. The reason is simple: While DOJ thinks it will ultimately prevail on the overall appeal, department officials believe they would not succeed in seeking an emergency stay of Judge Hanen’s ruling. The judge’s...
  • Administration memo tells border agents they can release drunk drivers (Calling MADD)

    02/18/2015 6:07:41 AM PST · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    fox news ^ | 2/18/2015 | staff
    The Obama administration is telling Customs and Border Protection agents in a busy stretch of the U.S.-Mexico crossing that they don’t have to arrest intoxicated drivers, sparking backlash from advocacy groups and others. The Department of Homeland Security issued the advisory, which informs agents in the Tucson, Ariz., sector that they have three options if they encounter suspected drunk drivers -- detain them at the request of local law enforcement, detain them without the involvement of another agency or let them go. In stark terms, the bulletin explains which options put the officers at greatest risk of being sued. The...
  • French Artist’s Calls For Peace ("Coexist") End in Brutal Beating By Local Muslims

    02/10/2015 3:50:08 PM PST · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 2/9/2015 | Jim Hoft
    our Muslims in Porte Dorée (the Golden door), a ghetto east of Paris, beat artist Combo after he refused to take down his Coexist street art. Combo suffered a dislocated shoulder, bruises and a black eye. Artnet reported, via Jihad Watch: It seems like something one would be hard pressed to disagree with: the word “coexist,” written on a wall using a Muslim crescent as the letter “C,” a Star of David as the letter “X,” and a Christian cross as a “T.”
  • NBC News anchor Brian Williams' comments about dead bodies, Hurricane Katrina

    02/06/2015 8:45:47 AM PST · by tobyhill · 106 replies
    The New Orleans Advocate ^ | 2/6/2015 | JOHN SIMERMAN
    NBC News anchor Brian Williams, who apologized on the air Wednesday night for lying about an experience covering the Iraq War, is now facing scrutiny over his gripping accounts of Hurricane Katrina, the disaster that burnished his nightly news bona fides almost a decade ago. Williams’ account of seeing a body float by in the French Quarter — which remained largely dry — and even a claim of catching dysentery from drinking Katrina floodwaters have raised eyebrows among bloggers and elsewhere since he took it on the chin this week over a claim that he rode in a helicopter that...
  • Brian Williams faces fierce mockery after recanting Iraq war story

    02/05/2015 3:46:29 AM PST · by tobyhill · 71 replies
    Washington post ^ | 2/4/2015 | By Dan Lamothe
    NBC News anchor Brian Williams faced swift, and often harsh and sarcastic, reaction Wednesday after he recanted a story that he was aboard an Army helicopter that was hit with enemy fire in Iraq and forced to land. The longtime NBC News journalist apologized in an interview with Stars & Stripes, saying he had “misremembered” what happened. He was actually in another nearby helicopter. “I would not have chosen to make this mistake,” Williams told the newspaper. “I don’t know what screwed up in my mind that caused me to conflate one aircraft with another.” The story drew immediate scorn...
  • NBC's Brian Williams recants Iraq attack story

    02/04/2015 6:33:41 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    cnn ^ | 2/4/2015 | By Tom Kludt and Brian Stelter
    Williams, the anchor of the "NBC Nightly News," apologized on Wednesday for claiming -- as recently as last Friday -- that he'd been aboard a helicopter that was "forced down after being hit by an RPG." The incident happened on March 24, 2003. A Chinook helicopter was forced down by enemy fire. But Williams was not aboard. Stars and Stripes reported on Wednesday that "Williams arrived in the area about an hour later on another helicopter," one that "took no fire and landed later beside the damaged helicopter due to an impending sandstorm from the Iraqi desert." Williams is blaming...
  • Governor abandons single-payer health care plan

    12/17/2014 6:43:25 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/17/2014 | ap
    Calling it the biggest disappointment of his career, Gov. Peter Shumlin said Wednesday he was abandoning plans to make Vermont the first state in the country with a universal, publicly funded health care system. Going forward with a project four years in the making would require tax increases too big for the state to absorb, Shumlin said. The measure had been the centerpiece of the Democratic governor's agenda and was watched and rooted for by single-payer health care supporters around the country. "I am not going (to) undermine the hope of achieving critically important health care reforms for this state...
  • Obamacare Enrollees Could Get Hit With Surprise Costs (Obama's tax scam getting called out)

    12/12/2014 2:39:02 PM PST · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/12/2014 | Brianna Ehley
    Returning Obamacare enrollees have until next Monday to decide whether they want to keep or switch insurance policies for next year. If they do nothing, they will be renewed automatically in their old plans. In addition to getting hit by higher premiums, auto-enrolling in health exchange plans next year could hit consumers’ wallets in another way. Because of the complicated way federal subsidies are calculated, some subsidy-eligible consumers could be surprised with a lower tax credit than last year - further driving up the total cost of their health insurance. Here’s how it works: Subsidies or tax credits are calculated...
  • Jonathan Gruber LIED To Congress About Not Writing Obamacare (Video)

    12/11/2014 4:05:21 AM PST · by tobyhill · 42 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 12/10/2014 | PATRICK HOWLEY
    Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber lied to Congress when he said that he did not write Obamacare. Gruber said in a heated exchange with Wisconsin Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis at Tuesday morning’s Oversight hearing that he did not write Obamacare.
  • Insurers fire back over ObamaCare changes (Laughable!)

    12/11/2014 3:33:46 AM PST · by tobyhill · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2014 | By Elise Viebeck
    The health insurance industry is firing back at Republicans' decision to cut government payments that could help plans struggling under the healthcare law. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) blasted legislation changing ObamaCare's "risk corridors" program and predicted that it would raise healthcare costs for families. "American budgets are already strained by healthcare costs, and this change will lead to higher premiums for consumers and make it more difficult to achieve affordability," said Clare Krusing, AHIP spokeswoman. "Our focus should be on changes to the law that will lower costs — like repealing the health insurance tax — not those that...
  • Still cooking the ObamaCare books

    12/09/2014 3:49:10 PM PST · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12/9/2014 | By Betsy McCaughey
    The ObamaCare lies keep coming. In two highly publicized announcements last week, top Obama health officials claimed the Affordable Care Act is slowing health care spending and improving hospital safety. The media parroted these boasts, but the evidence shows they’re bogus. Even as administration figures — from President Obama down — distance themselves from Jonathan Gruber, the ObamaCare adviser caught calling the public stupid, they’re still relying on his playbook: They assume we’re not going to check their facts. On Dec. 3, federal actuaries released data showing that health spending inched up only 3.6 percent in 2013. Marilyn Tavenner, the...
  • Harkin: Yeah, ObamaCare was a mistake (Democrats almost begging Obama to bail them out)

    12/03/2014 1:30:15 PM PST · by tobyhill · 23 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 12/3/2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Chuck Schumer isn’t the only Democrat suffering from buyer’s remorse from March 2010. Outgoing progressive Senator Tom Harkin, whose seat will be filled by conservative Joni Ernst in large part because of voter unhappiness with ObamaCare, told The Hill that the Affordable Care Act was a huge mistake — but not quite for the same reasons Schumer believes. While Schumer belatedly lamented the lost opportunity to boost the middle class rather than climb on the Democratic hobby horse of health-insurance overhauls, Harkin regrets not doing more to demolish the health-insurance industry: He wonders in hindsight whether the law was made...
  • Obama backer, Democratic fundraiser Terry Bean charged in sexual abuse case

    11/23/2014 5:12:03 PM PST · by tobyhill · 25 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/23/2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A prominent supporter of President Barack Obama and co-founder of the Human Rights Campaign was arrested last week on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse related to what authorities said was an encounter with a juvenile male. Terrence Bean, 66, a major Democratic donor and a celebrated gay-rights activist, was indicted on two felony charges of sodomy and a misdemeanor count of sexual abuse by a grand jury and arrested in Oregon Wednesday, according to a statement from the Portland Police Bureau. Bean was released later that day on bail, pending a court hearing. Kiah Lawson, a 25-year-old identified by...
  • Oops! Obamacare enrollment stats fudged (More Obamacare lies)

    11/21/2014 4:33:47 AM PST · by tobyhill · 5 replies
    cnn ^ | 11/20/2014 | By Tami Luhby
    Only 6.7 million Americans were enrolled in Obamacare health insurance plans as of mid-October, not 7.1 million, the Obama administration admitted Thursday. Health Secretary Sylvia Burwell acknowledged the error, calling it a mistake. The higher figure the White House reported earlier included people who enrolled in stand-alone dental plans. Previously the administration separated out enrollment in those dental plans.
  • Keeping your health law plan may mean premium hike (America, you got screwed by the Libs)

    11/14/2014 2:13:28 PM PST · by tobyhill · 44 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/14/2014 | ap
    Many of the 7 million consumers who got insurance under President Barack Obama's health care law will see their premiums rise next year unless they switch to another plan, independent analysts said as the government released details Friday. The Health and Human Services department released a massive computer file of 2015 premiums one day ahead of the start of open enrollment. Those numbers will take time to fully analyze. ,,,,, But there is a catch if you are already a customer: Your plan may no longer be the lost-cost benchmark in your community. In that case, you'll pay more unless...
  • Obamacare, Year One: 78 Percent Premium Hikes (Hey Obama, where's the $2500 savings?)

    11/09/2014 7:44:49 AM PST · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/29/2014 | SARAH HURTUBISE
    In its first year, Obamacare hiked health insurance premiums by up to 78 percent, according to a new analysis comparing insurance costs before and after Obamacare. HealthPocket, a nonpartisan health insurance research company, analyzed government data on individual health insurance premiums in the 2013 market before Obamacare reforms and 2014′s Obamacare exchanges, and the results are in: Average premiums are higher for all ages– far above the norm for annual increases. Young customers have been hurt the worst by Obamacare– a big potential problem for the Obama administration, which failed to attract enough young and healthy customers during the first...
  • Obamacare rates in Illinois: Higher premiums, more options in 2015

    11/09/2014 7:38:52 AM PST · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 11/6/2014 | Wes Venteicher, Gregory Karp, Robert Channick
    Illinois residents who enroll in Obamacare on the whole will pay higher premiums than last year for the most popular plans, but they'll have many more options to choose from, according to 2015 plan information released Friday. Premiums for the lowest-cost options in the most popular group of plans will rise 2.6 percent on average statewide, although rates for those so-called silver plans will vary widely, from a decrease of 5 percent to an increase of 12 percent, the Illinois Department of Insurance announced Friday. Rates for the lowest-cost plans, called bronze, will increase 11 percent on average. While Illinois...
  • Blue Cross reveals 2015 health insurance rates

    10/23/2014 3:11:47 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/22/2014 | Jonathan Drew
    North Carolina's largest health insurer said on Wednesday that 2015 rates will rise by more than 13 percent on average for buyers of individual Affordable Care Act policies. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina discussed the expected rate increases in a teleconference several weeks ahead of the Nov. 15 kickoff for the enrollment period for coverage starting in January. Blue Cross said rates would rise an average of 13.5 percent for 315,000 customers who enrolled this year in individual plans that comply with President Barack Obama's health insurance law. It cautioned that the actual increase for each person...
  • $1 Billion Obamacare Payments to Insurers Under New Scrutiny

    10/13/2014 10:18:45 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 8 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 10/13/2014 | Brianna Ehley
    Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and 13 other GOP senators sent House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) a letter this week urging him to block $1 billion in funding for a key Obamacare provision needed to stabilize the health insurance market, Roll Call first reported. When lawmakers return to Washington after the midterms, they’ll have about a month to pass a stopgap-spending bill to keep the government afloat past December 11, when the existing continuing resolution expires. The senators want the spending measure to exclude Obamacare’s risk corridor provision, which helps insurers keep policy costs low. Insurers who agree to sell policies...
  • Pakistan Taliban pledges allegiance to ISIS

    10/06/2014 3:21:51 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies
    Yahoo India ^ | 10/5/2014 | By ANI | ANI
    The Pakistan Taliban pledged its allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on Saturday and ordered militants across the region to help the jihadi group in setting up a global Islamic caliphate, a report said. In a message released by the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), marking the Muslim holy festival of Eid al-Adha, the group said that it backs the ISIS goals fully and will provide the group with fighters and every possible support.
  • U.S-led raids hit grain silos in Syria, kill workers: monitor

    09/29/2014 4:04:51 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 50 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/29/2014 | staff
    U.S.-led air strikes hit grain silos and other targets in Islamic State-controlled territory in northern and eastern Syria overnight, killing civilians and wounding militants, a group monitoring the war said on Monday. The aircraft may have mistaken the mills and grain storage areas in the northern Syrian town of Manbij for an Islamic State base, said the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. There was no immediate comment from Washington. The United States has targeted Islamic State and other fighters in Syria since last week with the help of Arab allies, and in Iraq since last month. It aims to...
  • OKLAHOMA BEHEADER LINKED TO AL QAEDA LEADER AWLAKI, BOSTON BOMBER'S MOSQUE (Religion of Peace Alert)

    09/27/2014 7:33:32 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 51 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/27/2014 | by JORDAN SCHACHTEL
    Suhaib Webb, an Imam with ties to former Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki, had also previously been the leader of the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City, which had been attended by Alton Nolen -- the man who on Thursday beheaded a former coworker after recently converting to Islam, Breitbart News has learned. Webb now serves as Imam of the sister organization of the mosque attended by Boston Marathon bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Imam Suhaib Webb has a history of ties to radicalism. FBI surveillance documents found that he was a known confidant of Al Qaeda mastermind Anwar al-Awlaki....
  • Police: Beheading Suspect Tried to Convert Coworkers to Islam (Religion on Peace Alert)

    09/26/2014 9:03:29 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 51 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/26/2014 | staff
    A fired Oklahoma food processing plant employee who proselytized for Islam beheaded one co-worker and seriously injured another before the owner of the plant shot him, police said Friday. Moments after Alton Nolen, 30, was let go from Vaughan Foods in Moore, he drove to another part of the facility and walked into a front office where he attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, police said. He used a “standard” knife — similar to the ones found at the facility — to allegedly behead Hufford. Then, he used the same knife to repeatedly stab Tracy Johnson, 43, who suffered numerous wounds and...
  • Russia Tells Iraq It's 'Ready' to Support Fight Against ISIS (Of course they are)

    09/26/2014 3:25:57 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/26/2014 | staff
    Russia said Friday that it would help to support Iraq in the fight against ISIS. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made the pledge to Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said via state-run news agency Itar-Tass. "During the meeting, Lavrov confirmed Russia’s support for Iraq’s independence, territory integrity and sovereignty," the foreign ministry said. "Moscow is ready to continue supporting Iraq in its efforts in fighting the terrorist threat, and, first of all, the one from the Islamic State."
  • Latest Rout Raises Questions About Iraqi Military’s Ability To Defeat ISIS

    09/25/2014 7:20:18 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/25/2014 | cnn
    This is what an ISIS rout looks like in Iraq: Up to 300 troops killed. Others missing, possibly dead or having fled. Dozens of military vehicles, from tanks to ambulances, destroyed or seized. And the Iraqi military in disarray, so much so the country’s Prime Minister has sent “anti-terrorism forces … to hold the negligent (military) leaders responsible.” What happened Sunday east of Falluja, around military encampments in Saqlawiyah and Sejar, is bad enough for the Iraqi government. Yet what makes it worse is that it’s happened before. This latest incident was particularly galling because, according to surviving Iraqi soldiers,...
  • Army sending division HQ element to Iraq (1st Infantry)

    09/25/2014 7:13:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 9/25/2014 | Jon Harper
    The 1st Infantry Division headquarters will deploy to Iraq soon as the U.S. military steps up its campaign against Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said Thursday. It will be the first division headquarters assigned to Iraq since U.S. forces withdrew from the country at the end of 2011. About 500 soldiers from the Fort Riley, Kan.-based division will be heading for the Middle East next month with about 200 of them going to Iraq, Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said. “They’re going to provide command and control of the ongoing advise-and-assist effort in support of Iraqi and peshmerga...
  • Syrians say civilians killed in U.S. airstrikes (Crickets chirping from "anti-war" hypocrites)

    09/25/2014 3:01:15 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    la times ^ | 9/25/2014 | By RAJA ABDULRAHIM
    The video, said to have been shot Tuesday in northwestern Syria, shows Idlib province residents going through motions that have become all too familiar in three years of civil war between antigovernment rebels and the forces of President Bashar Assad: surveying the remnants of flattened homes and picking through the debris. This time, though, the bombs rained down from a government other than Assad's. "Mass destruction of the civilian homes as a result of the strikes of the Western alliance on the civilians in the western Idlib suburbs," an antigovernment activist says in the video. "Look, it is all civilian...
  • What's the difference between ISIS, al Nusra and the Khorasan Group? (CNN lies again)

    09/24/2014 3:07:48 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 7 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/24/2014 | Holly Yan
    Not long ago, the threat of terrorist attacks against the United States boiled down to two words: al Qaeda. But this week's U.S. airstrikes against al Qaeda offshoots show the president is playing whack-a-mole against a new generation of terrorists. The attacks Tuesday inside Syria came in three waves and targeted ISIS, the Khorasan Group and, apparently, the al-Nusra Front. ,,,, Back in 2004, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi launched al Qaeda in Iraq and later tried to ignite a sectarian war against Iraq's Shiite majority. The new al Qaeda was re-branded in 2006 as the Islamic State in Iraq (ISI). It...
  • Syrian Kurds warn of mounting crisis as ISIS advances, takes more villages

    09/21/2014 7:25:49 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/20/2014 | Gul Tuysuz and Mariano Castillo
    The latest ISIS advance in Syria has brought a swath of the country's north-central Kurdish region under siege, with Kurdish leaders warning of another humanitarian crisis without international intervention. The Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab in Arabic) is an island, surrounded by ISIS on three fronts and the Turkish border to the north. The town was already mostly blockaded by ISIS, but in the past three days some 60 nearby villages fell under ISIS control, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or "Islamic State," as the group calls...
  • NFL hiring veteran Dem operative (Liberal for a Liberal Organization)

    09/16/2014 11:19:32 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 32 replies
    politico ^ | 9/16/2014 | By ANNA PALMER
    The embattled National Football League is going on offense in Washington bringing on a new top lobbyist as it faces scrutiny over how it handles domestic violence and sex assault cases. Embroiled in a major public relations crisis, the NFL took action Tuesday drafting veteran Democratic operative Cynthia Hogan, who served as a key Senate aide behind the passage of the Violence Against Women Act, as its new Washington office head. She will be the league’s first female top lobbyist and comes on board after the NFL engaged in a protracted job search that included several rounds of interviews and...
  • U.S. says won't unleash 'shock and awe' air campaign in Syria (Obama refuses to defeat ISIS)

    09/16/2014 10:40:56 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    reuters ^ | 9/16/2014 | PHIL STEWART
    The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military's current plan would be outlined to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by the U.S. military's Central Command and envisioned striking the group's safe havens to knock out infrastructure, logistics and command capabilities. General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer, said the strikes would degrade the group's capabilities there as broader efforts get underway, including training of...
  • Didn’t Barack Obama Declare the War on Terror Over?

    09/16/2014 3:07:09 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 10 replies
    red state ^ | 9/10/2014 | By: Erick Erickson
    They were first the rebels we needed to support in Syria. Then they became a J.V. threat. Then they were amateur hour. Now they warrant a prime time address from the White House. The President who once declared the War on Terror over, used variants of the word “terror” eighteen times in his speech. And what of the President’s speech? Put it to you this way — it is the first time he has wanted to talk about jobs and the economy in a long time. Basically, our strategy is to outsource the military’s job to Syrian rebels. Just last...
  • KHOU report: Adrian Peterson hit another one of his sons, leaving scar

    09/15/2014 6:26:16 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 79 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 9/15/2014 | By Frank Schwab
    A few hours after the Minnesota Vikings reinstated running back Adrian Peterson, who was indicted in a child injury case in which he allegedly hit his 4-year-old son repeatedly with a tree branch, KHOU in Houston reported there was a separate incident last year in which Peterson allegedly hit his son and left a scar. KHOU in Houston said Peterson hit a different 4-year-old son last year, leaving a scar on the boy's forehead. That can be used as evidence in the current investigation, the report said. (Update: TMZ reported, citing sources, that the case "went nowhere" because he did...
  • Report: Rice set to appeal NFL's indefinite suspension Monday

    09/14/2014 6:20:35 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 72 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | 9/14/2014 | staff
    When the Baltimore Ravens released Ray Rice earlier this week, the NFL followed suit with its own punishment and suspended the running back indefinitely. How long that suspension may last is unclear, but it sounds like Rice plans to fight it. Citing multiple media reports, NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk says Rice intends to file an appeal Monday that "will be handled by the NFLPA and by an outside lawyer retained by Rice." Initially, Rice received a two-game suspension in July, after an initial video showed him dragging his unconscious then-fiancee, Janay Palmer, out of a casino elevator in New...
  • Despite domestic violence conviction, NFL star continues to play

    09/14/2014 8:49:40 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 36 replies
    cnn ^ | 9/14/2014 | By Steve Almasy
    Ray Rice won't play in the NFL on Sunday, but a player convicted of domestic violence will. Greg Hardy, a star defensive end for the Carolina Panthers, will start for his team against the Detroit Lions. Rice, meanwhile, might never play again, since the NFL suspended him indefinitely after a video was posted online that showed him punching out his now-wife. Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings also won't play Sunday. His team suspended him as legal authorities proceed with his case over allegations of child abuse in Texas. Hardy will start Sunday even though he's been convicted of domestic...
  • 'Moderate' Syrian rebels sign truce with ISIS (Obama yaps while ISIS acts)

    09/14/2014 7:43:03 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 27 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 9/14/2014 | AARON KLEIN
    While the Obama administration works to coordinate aid to the Syrian rebels, moderate and Islamic Syrian rebels reportedly just signed a first-of-its-kind non-aggression pact with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to a monitoring group. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday the truce was forged between both moderate and Islamic Syrian rebels and ISIS in Hajar al-Aswad, a Syrian city in the Darayya District that was previously the scene of intense clashes. According to the observatory group, “the two parties will respect a truce until a final solution is found and they promise...
  • British PM David Cameron says he will 'drain this poison' after latest ISIS beheading video

    09/14/2014 6:22:06 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 33 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/14/2014 | fox news
    British Prime Minister David Cameron said Sunday he will work with allies to defeat the terrorist group Islamic State, and that countries must “drain this poison from our society,” after the militants released a video showing the beheading of British aid worker David Haines. Cameron, who was attending a wedding on Saturday, raced back to London overnight to chair a meeting of his security Cabinet, including his advisers, officials and intelligence chiefs. The Prime Minister described the murder of Haines as "an act of pure evil" in a tweet from his official account. The 44-year-old Haines was abducted in Syria...
  • Iraq PM Orders Halt to Shelling of Civilian Areas (Obama definitely loses Iraq)

    09/13/2014 7:06:43 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 40 replies
    abc ^ | 9/13/2014 | ap
    Iraq's prime minister said Saturday he has ordered the army to stop shelling populated areas held by militants in order to spare the lives of "innocent victims" as the armed forces struggle to retake cities and towns seized by the Islamic State extremist group this summer. "I issued this order two days ago because we do not want to see more innocent victims falling in the places and provinces controlled by Daesh," Haider al-Abadi told a news conference in Baghdad, referring to the Islamic State group by its Arabic acronym. He accused the militants of using civilians as a human...
  • Obama Administration Says U.S. Is 'At War' With ISIS (until tomorrow)

    09/12/2014 3:52:30 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 17 replies
    nbc ^ | 9/12/2014 | staff
    The Obama administration said for the first time Friday that the United States is “at war” with ISIS militants. Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, used the language at least three times during his daily briefing with reporters. “The U.S. is at war with ISIL in the same way the U.S. is at war with al Qaeda,” he said, using an alternate acronym for the group. Minutes earlier, a Pentagon spokesman, Rear Adm. John Kirby, used similar terminology. “This is not the Iraq war of 2002,” he told reporters. “But, make no mistake, we know we are at war...
  • John Kerry says airstrikes alone won't defeat ISIS militants (Kerry vs. Obama)

    09/12/2014 2:31:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 24 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 8/31/2014 | By ANI | ANI
    U.S Secretary of State John Kerry has stated that airstrikes alone will not be effective in defeating the genocidal ISIS militants. In an op-ed which appeared in the New York Times, Kerry suggested a global coalition using political, humanitarian, economic, law enforcement and intelligence tools to support military force in order to tackle ISIS, reported the Guardian. The U.S Secretary of State also added that he and defense secretary Chuck Hagel would be using Nato summit-scheduled for next week at Celtic Manor in Wales- to meet European ministers and to seek to "enlist the broadest possible assistance."
  • Number of ISIS fighters has swelled to as many as 31,500, CIA says (Obama's fault)

    09/12/2014 3:28:28 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 13 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/12/2014 | fox news
    The CIA said Thursday that the number of Islamic State fighters has grown to as many as three times previous estimates; a day after President Obama announced he is drastically expanding the U.S. military campaign against the militants. A spokesperson for the agency told Fox News that new assessments show that the militant group can muster between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters across Iraq and Syria. The spokesperson said the new figures were determined after a review of “all-source intelligence reports” on the group from May to August.
  • Ray Rice video sent to NFL months ago, AP source says (Goodell busted again)

    09/10/2014 7:00:10 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 37 replies
    fox news ^ | 9/10/2014 | staff
    A law enforcement official says he sent a video of Ray Rice punching his then-fiancee to an NFL executive five months ago, while league executives have insisted they didn't see the violent images until this week. The person played The Associated Press a 12-second voicemail from an NFL office number on April 9 confirming the video arrived. A female voice expresses thanks and says: "You're right. It's terrible." The law enforcement official, speaking to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing investigation, says he had no further communication with any NFL employee and can't confirm anyone watched...
  • Ray Rice's wife defends player, blasts media

    09/09/2014 7:45:10 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 108 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/9/2014 | ap
    One day after Ray Rice was cut loose from the Baltimore Ravens following the release of a video showing him striking and knocking out his then-fiancee, his wife is defending her husband and blasting the media for the pain caused to her family. In an Instagram post apparently written by Janay Rice, she said she felt like she was "mourning the death of my closest friend." "I woke up this morning, feeling like I had a horrible nightmare, feeling like I'm mourning the death of my closest friend," Janay Rice wrote in the post. "But to have to accept the...
  • TMZ plans to release proof that NFL 'turned blind eye' to Rice video (Good-bye Goodell)

    09/08/2014 7:15:28 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 109 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 9/8/2014 | By Eric Edholm
    The Ray Rice story isn't close to being over. Although the Baltimore Ravens released Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely following the release of the bombshell video of Rice striking his wife in an Atlantic City hotel elevator, TMZ claims it has more to the story, via Philly.com. TMZ's Harvey Levin appeared on Fox5 Philly and said that he plans to release information that the NFL knew about and saw the Rice video (which the league has denied) but that it ignored it.